published : 2023-10-19
NYU Student Admits Tearing Down Israeli Hostage Posters, Blames 'Misplaced Anger'
Yazmeen Deyhimi was upset that the flyers did not include Palestinians, says a spokesperson
A New York University student was caught on video tearing down Israeli hostage posters on campus, sparking public outrage and calls to identify the perpetrators.
After the incident went viral, the student, Yazmeen Deyhimi, confessed to her actions in a social media post and blamed her behavior on 'misplaced anger.'
Deyhimi, along with two others, was recorded on October 16 tearing down the flyers outside NYU's Tisch Hall.
In her since-deleted Instagram post, Deyhimi expressed her frustration about the current volatile times, especially as a biracial brown woman, and acknowledged that her actions did not reflect her true character.
She emphasized her stance against terrorism and the hope for the safe return of the more than 200 hostages taken by Hamas.
Deyhimi, who once interned for the Anti-Defamation League, was identified by her classmates.
The incident has prompted a Change.org petition calling for disciplinary action against Deyhimi and the other student involved.
The petition, which has gathered over 7,000 signatures, highlights that the posters aimed to promote the efforts to bring the hostages back to their families and were not meant to endorse any political agenda.
A spokesperson for Deyhimi, Mike Paul, emphasized her history of helping others and described her as someone with a heart full of love and not hate.
According to Paul, Deyhimi took down the posters because she was upset that Palestinians were not represented in the display, expressing frustration about the loss of innocent Palestinian lives amidst the ongoing conflict.
An NYU spokesperson confirmed that the university is investigating the incident and taking it seriously.
The Israel-Hamas War has triggered demonstrations and confrontations on college campuses across the U.S., with heated debates and discussions taking place.
In the conflict, Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel, leading to retaliatory airstrikes and resulting in casualties on both sides.
Rebecca Rosenberg, a veteran journalist and book author focused on crime and criminal justice, contributed to this report.